By Naman Ramachandran

Prolific French actor Gérard Depardieu was arrested and charged with rape after allegedly attacking a young actress at his home in Paris in 2018, AFP reported Tuesday.

An initial investigation into the rape accusations against Depardieu, 72, was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence but reopened last summer, leading to criminal charges filed in December, the source said.

The actor accuses Depardieu of having raped and assaulted her at his Paris home in August 2018.

Depardieu’s lawyer, Hervé Temime, told AFP that Depardieu, who is free but under judicial supervision, “completely rejects the accusations”.

According to a source close to the case, Depardieu is a friend of the woman’s family.

Some reports have suggested Depardieu and the actor were rehearsing a scene of a theatre play, but the source said “there was nothing professional about the encounter”.

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